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Beau Is Afraid

On release, Ari Aster’s Beau is Afraid quickly became one of those contentious litmus tests for cinematic boundaries, creative freedom, and personal taste. The people that loathed the film called it the result of an indulgent director and a permissive studio. The folks that loved it cited pretty much the same. Either way, Aster, a […]

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DbD 2019Festival CoverageReviews

Luz – DbD 2019

Entrancing and elusive, Tilman Singer’s debut feature film Luz was the stand-out film of Edinburgh’s Dead by Dawn festival 2019. Playing out like an Avant Garde possession story, Luz follows a young cab driver’s (Luana Velis) desperate attempts to flee a demonic entity hell-bent on reuniting with its true love. At first Luz feels like […]

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DbD 2019Festival Coverage

All the Gods in the Sky – DbD 2019

Tous les Dieux du Ciel (All the Gods in the Sky), from French director Quarxxx, is an incredibly bold piece of genre filmmaking and a spellbinding debut to boot. Nodding carefully to the surrealist likes of David Lynch, the body horror of David Cronenberg, the unfathomable terror of Lovecraft, and the stark realism of the […]

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Festival CoverageSundance 2015

H. – Sundance 2015

H. written and directed by Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia, was probably the most elusive film at Sundance 2015. A bizarre

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Festival CoverageGFF 2014

The Girl From the Wardrobe – GFF 2014

Writer-director Bodo Kox’s debut feature follows the story of three isolated individuals who live on the same floor of a block of flats in a run-down residential area. Jacek (Piotre Glowacki) operates a business from his computer and tries to maintain a normal life whilst taking care of his autistic brother Tomeck (Wojciech Mecwaldowski) who […]

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Festival CoverageTIFF 2013

Thou Gild’st the Even – TIFF 2013

Undoubtedly one of the most bizarre features at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival is Turkish oddball drama

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Livid – DVD Review

Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo have already made a sound debut in the form of 2007’s Inside, so their second feature, Livid, is due to cause some excitement amongst horror fans. The pair’s second film is an atmospheric and visually inventive take on the ‘old haunted house story’ and among other things probably one of […]

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